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In-pictures: Kurdish families displace to avoid violence in Afrin

By Rudaw 8/3/2018

In Kurdish Afrin's countrysides, people are fleeing as Turkey and its FSA proxy fighters press towards the capital city.


Photos show families with furniture, blankets, and other personal belongings piled into pickup trucks and tractor wagons.

Some children are bundled in heavy clothes.


Most shown appear to be older men and women, mothers, and children.

Locals told Arabic media that they were fleeing because of the Turkish assault.

"From Jandaris," responded a woman carrying a child to an al-Mayadeen reporter. "Please let me go, I have a child [on my back] … What shall I do? I have a baby."

There were others from outlying districts who were interviewed by the media network close to Hizbollah.

"We fled Rajo after three member of my family were martyred," said one man.

"The main problem is that the [Turkish] planes targeted the main water pipe … We are under pressure. Look at our people," said another pointing to fleeing people around himself.

Others also complained of deteriorating humanitarian conditions.

"We are 17 people from three families and we do not have water to take a shower," said another man.

Photos: George Ourfalian | AFP


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